Friday, October 30, 2015

Lesson Plans: November 2015

Weeks 1 and 2:  Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.
Teach "I'll Walk With You"

Week 3:  When I serve my family, I serve God.
Review "I'll Walk With You" or another song of your choice with the Family Game or Family Pictionary

Week 4:  When I serve my neighbors, I serve God.
Review a song with the People in my Neighborhood activity.

To celebrate Guy Fawkes Night (UK), let the children select songs by choosing from these fireworks.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, try teaching one of these songs about gratitude:
Can a Little Child Like Me
My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Children All Over the World
or use one of these activities:
Hot (sweet)Potato
Thanksgiving Turkey

Get ready for Christmas by practicing one of the following songs:
Picture a Christmas
Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus
The Nativity Song
When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Armor of God

I created this art specifically to be used in introduction of the second verse of "Scripture Power," but it could be used with any scripture theme.  If you do use it for "Scripture Power," you should know that there is a small discrepancy.  In the song, it mentions the "Sword of Truth," while Ephesians calls it the "Sword of the Spirit."  My personal feeling is this- if you use this activity first, followed by the second verse of the song the next week, the children will likely have forgotten what the sword represents and won't notice.  If you're very concerned about them learning the incorrect terms, my only second suggestion would be to change the words in the song.  If you do choose to change the words, make sure to first have it approved by your Primary President.  It's possible that the "incorrect" wording is deliberate and I'd hate to miss teaching an important point of doctrine.  If you have strong feelings one way or the other, please do share them in the comments.
ANYWAY, for this activity, you'll need to print one of the documents at the bottom of the page.  There is a color version and a black and white version which you can color yourself or ask the Activity Days children to color for you.  Cut out the boy and paste him together at the seams. Post him at the front of the room. 
Cut out the pieces of armor and post them in different areas around the room. 
Begin by explaining the concept of the Armor of God.  Ask the children what armor does.  How are the scriptures like armor?  Read Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Have children choose a picture of a piece of armor from around the room. Read the scripture reference, name the armor, and add it to the boy at the front of the room.  Then sing the corresponding song.  My suggestions are listed below.
Remember that singing time is not sharing time.  It's fine to teach the children a quick lesson, but the emphasis MUST be on the singing.  Make sure to use the vast majority of your time on music. 
As a final note, there ARE several church-approved images of the Armor of God.  I created these because I wanted something large enough to be seen by all of the children.  If you have a smaller Primary, you may choose to use the church resources.
Girdle of Truth
Ephesians 6:14

Shoes- the Gospel of Peace
Ephesians 6:15
 I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ
Breastplate of Righteousness
Ephesians 6:14

Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17

Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16

Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17
The Holy Ghost
The Still Small Voice
Listen, Listen

for the color version:
for the black and white version:

You might choose to print a copy of this black and white page for the children to take home and explain in Family Home Evening.  This also satisfies a Faith in God requirement for the older children!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Family Pictionary

I can't remember where I first saw this idea, so I don't know to whom I should give credit.  If the idea was yours, feel free to e-mail me and I'll add your name to the post.

Use this activity to repeat songs about home and family multiple times. As the children sing the song, you (or another adult) draws a picture of one of the children's family.  At the end, choose a super singer to guess which family it represents. 

Remember to be sensitive to children whose families are non-traditional or are struggling, but don't exclude them. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Help Me, Dear Father

For a while, I've wanted to teach a song about repentance.  My favorite from the Children's Songbook is "Help Me, Dear Father."  Because I wouldn't spend much time memorizing this song, I've included the lyrics on the flip chart.  If you prefer a chart without lyrics, feel free to make your own with my clipart.  Just right click on each image, then copy and paste into your choice of format. 
Help me, dear Father, to freely forgive

All who may seem unkind to me.

Help me each day, Father, I pray;

Help me live nearer, nearer to thee.
Help me, dear Father, to truly repent 

Making things right and changing my ways.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lesson Plans: October 2015

Before I share my ideas for October, I wanted to leave a quick reminder.  We all enjoy planning seasonal or holiday-themed activities from time to time and I agree that they can be a great way to engage children.  Be careful, though, that the theme is incidental to the activities that you plan, rather than the focus.  Our first responsibility is to teach the children the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help them feel the Spirit.  We should not do anything that would distract from this focus.  Please understand that I list on this site every idea I can- but that I wouldn't necessarily recommend using ALL of them every month.  In the same vein, I try not to plan activities based on secular celebrations.  For example, Halloween and specific sports events would, in my opinion, be inappropriate for inclusion in Primary activities.

  • Use inexpensive glow wands available this time of year as a substitute for ribbon wands with THIS activity

Week 1:  Following the prophet will help us come unto Christ

Week 2:  Sharing the gospel helps others come unto Christ

Week 3:  We come unto Christ by repenting when we make a mistake.

Week 4:  Temple work helps me and my family come to Christ.

Primary Songs featured in October Conference:

How Firm a Foundation
Come, Follow Me
I am a Child of God
If The Savior Stood Beside Me
I Think When I Read That Sweet Story
Search, Ponder and Pray
I Stand All Amazed
I Know That My Savior Loves Me
Beautiful Savior
Love One Another
I Feel My Savior's Love
Primary Children's Choir music including the medley of "Search, Ponder and Pray" and "I Think When I Read That Sweet Story"